Quick tip: Journal therapy, get it write

Author: Hayley Alexander

Setting aside time in your day to write in a notebook is a healthy mind habit that can help you to become more aware of your thoughts and actions.

In an article for The University of Wisconsin Health News, Dr Shilagh Mirgain explains that “unlike traditional diary writing – which is recording the events of the day –  therapeutic journaling involves writing down our thoughts and feelings about our personal experiences,” thereby creating an outlet for processing emotions and increasing self-awareness.  

This can be helpful for anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of themselves. According to Psych Central, other benefits of therapeutic journaling include: 

  • becoming more mindful, 

  • feeling calmer or in a better mood, 

  • helps counteract negative effects of stress,

  • improves working memory and problem solving, 

  • helps you to resolve disagreements with others.

 

Adding to these advantages, journaling allows you to track your thoughts and patterns, whereby reading old entries can help you to derive insights, reflecting on your past self. You can also look back on previous challenges that you managed to overcome and draw strength from your own experiences. 

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